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Horseback Riding Colombia

 

Horseback Riding Colombia

Horseback Riding Colombia have over 20 years of experience in the equestrian tourism industry. Their extensive knowledge of the local history, geography and culture of this spectacular region of Colombia will ensure you have an unforgettable horseback adventure.


Riding Holidays in Colombia


The "Coffee Triangle" is formed by the three departments of Quindio, Caldas and Risaralda and is one of the country's most beautiful destinations; it is also where Colombia's world-famous coffee is produced. The terrain is ideal to explore on horseback with a unique landscape of dramatic peaks, lush valleys and towering palms. The horses are sure-footed, responsive Colombian Criollo. The area has an enviable climate and is home to an diverse selection of flora and fauna. The Cocora valley is also the best place to see Colombia's national tree, the Quindio Wax Palm. The tree provides a habitat for the endangered native Yellow-Eared Parrot and is itself a protected species.


 Colombia Coffee Triangle


Trail Ride Itinerary


9 nights/10 days (8 days riding)
Price from: € 2690 - Full board (all meals, water and soft-drinks)
Accommodation is in double/twin rooms (2pax/room) with private bathroom. Some camping.
6-7 hours riding per day. Riders should be fit and confident at all paces and fully able to control their horse in open spaces. Competent children aged 12+ accepted, when accompanied by an adult.
Min: 2 people (discounts apply for 2+ passengers)
Max: 20 People
Max weight: 120 kg


Day 1: Arrival in Salento Quindio
Internal flights from Bogota’s (El Dorado international airport) will arrive at Armenia’s (El Eden airport), where your hosts will meet and transfer you privately to the town of Salento. Dinner and overnight at a beautiful countryside hotel.


Day 2: Cocora Valley and the Palm Tree Forest.
Breakfast and depart your hotel at around 8:30-9:00 AM. Private transfer to the Cocora valley, where the horses will be waiting to begin your adventure.  After instructions and a light snack, begin the journey through the breathtaking scenery of the Valley of Cocora. Pause for a picnic style lunch before passing near the house of hummingbirds and descending through the Mystical forest of Palm trees. After a day in the saddle, arrive back in the town of Salento at approx. 5:00-5:30 PM. Spend a relaxing evening and enjoy delicious typical dinner. Overnight at your Countryside Hotel.


Day 3: Peñon Waterfall, Traditional Coffee Farm and Santa Rita Waterfall
Breakfast and depart hotel at 8:30-9:00 AM. From the hotel you will head along the route of Herradura, arriving at the beautiful waterfall of El Peñon at around 10:00-10:30 AM. Opportunity to swim in the lake that forms into the magnificent Peñon waterfall before heading to a traditional coffee farm for a brief tour - this region has one of the richest coffee cultures on the planet. Your day continues with a trip to the Santa Rita waterfalls where you may also take a refreshing swim. After a cultural immersion into this coffee region of Columbia, head back to the town of Salento for a relaxing evening with a delicious variety of typical Colombian cuisine. Overnight at your hotel.


Day 4: Volcano el Machin
After an early breakfast, depart hotel at around 8:00-8:30 AM and begin your journey on horseback to the town of Toche. The views from Mirador of Pilones are breathtaking - there are plenty of opportunities to take amazing photos before passing through the Mirrador of Cocora that looks through the magical valley of Cocora. After a short break for light refreshments, your journey continues on to Mirador La Ceja with its mystical forests of palm trees, the perfect place to stop for a picnic style lunch before finally arriving at Hacienda of Las Cruces where you dinner and overnight, sleeping either in the traditional farmhouse, or outside camping with tents, on comfortable mattresses pillows and blankets.


Day 5
Wake up with the sounds of nature, and a traditional style breakfast at the Hacienda Las Cruces. Your day in the saddle will begin at around 8:30-9:00, heading to the town Toche to enjoy of a delicious lunch before continuing to the volcano el Machin. After a spectacular ride around the crater, you begin the descent to the Hacienda La Laguna (located at the back part of the volcano) where you dinner and overnight, again sleeping either in the traditional farmhouse or outside, camping with tents, on comfortable mattresses pillows and blankets.


Day 6
After breakfast at the Hacienda La Laguna, set out on your sure-footed horses to the head to the crater of the volcano Machin before descending to the hot springs, the perfect spot to relax and enjoy of the healthy benefits of swimming in these volcanic thermal waters. After lunch at a restaurant at the thermal waters, ride back to the town of Toche. Overnight at the Hacienda El Thermal, spending the evening with a traditional Colombian barbecue dinner and sleeping either in the farmhouse or outside camping with tents, on comfortable mattresses pillows and blankets.


Day 7
Another wonderful ride back through the majestic forest of towering palm trees this morning. Lunch will be at the Hacienda Las Cruces. After a good rest and delicious cuisine, continue on to the Hacienda Gallego spending the night enjoying a magical vista of palm trees. Overnight, again sleeping either in the traditional farmhouse or outside camping with tents, on comfortable mattresses pillows and blankets.


Day 8
Today is again spent meandering on horseback through the beautiful, vast forest of palm trees, arriving at the Hacienda El Paraiso for lunch. This lush and tranquil landscape is simply perfect for a relaxing trail ride. Tonight is spent at the Hacienda El Delirio, where guests can enjoy a traditional evening dinner before overnighting either in the farmhouse or camping out under the stars.


Day 9
After breakfast at the Hacienda El Delirio, mount up and head back to the town of Salento, pausing for a picnic lunch along the route. Arrival time at Salento will be around 3:30-5:00 PM. After a much needed rest, it is time to go out for a wonderful party dinner to celebrate the end of your horseback adventure in Colombia! Overnight at the Countryside Hotel.


Day 10
Departure Day - leaving with unforgettable memories of your time spent in the magnificent Coffee Triangle of Colombia!


Shuttle to Armenia airport after breakfast. Flight to Bogota then to your return destination.


 


Equipment: Sweater/ warm jacket, at least 1 long sleeve t-shirt, swimsuit, hat, toiletries, water bottle. Soft travel bag - no suitcases
Other information: This itinerary is for information only and is subject to change, in accordance with adverse climate and social conditions.


Salento


DATES:
27 December 2017 to 06 January 2018
20 January 2018 to 29 January 2018
17 February 2018 to 26 February 2018
10 March 2018 to 19 March 2018
07 April 2018 to 16 April 2018
21 April 2018 to 30 April 2018
21 May 2018 to 30 May 2018
06 July 2018 to 15 July 2018
27 July 2018 to 05 August 2018
24 August 2018 to 02 September 2018
21 September 2018 to 30 September 2018
22 October 2018 to 31 October 2018
21 November 2018 to 30 November 2018
27 December 2018 to 06 January 2019

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Information

Name Horseback Riding Colombia
Type of Holiday Riding and Accommodation
Price from €2690
Accommodation Accommodation is in a selection of comfortable, traditional hotels, camps and estancia. Meals, snacks, water and soft drinks are included.
Hours Riding Per Day 6 - 7 hours per day
Instruction No
Nearest Airport Armenia
Open All Year (see set dates)
Other Facilities See accommodation
Address 5 Esquina, Salento, Colombia
Riding Facilities Fantastic trail riding through a unique landscape.
Riding Style Western
Suitable For Children Yes
Riding Safari No
Western Ranch No
Beach Riding No
Tuition No
Centre Based No
Trail Ride Yes
Website http://www.randonneeacheval.fr

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